|AMD A8-5600K APU Trinity Desktop Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Wednesday, 03 October 2012|
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The A8-5600K runs very cool. This seems to be a trend with 32nm processors and is one that I look forward to the industry enhancing in the future. When testing the temperature of the A8-5600K, the ambient temperature stayed at a constant 22 degrees Celsius. The A8-5600K actually ran a few degrees hotter than the A10-5800K for some reason. The numbers are close enough, however, that I would place it in the margin of error.
Power Consumption on the A8-5600K was very impressive. The power consumption actually fell quite a bit from the first generation A8-3850 levels. AMD has obviously focused on making power consumption an issue. The following is a measure of the power consumption of the complete system at certain points during operation. Measurements were taking with a P3 Kill-A-Watt meter. While these wattages are somewhat low, it is important to note that they are definitely higher than the Sandy Bridge H67 platform with an i5-2500K CPU. The A8-5600K also ran a little bit higher in terms of power consumption than the A10-5800K. Again, though, it was very close, so I'm not quite sure that the APU itself is the cause.